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Your Quick-Start Checklist for the Safe Transportation & Disposal of Lab Chemicals

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You know that you need to properly dispose of those unused, expired chemicals in the corner of the science lab. It’s so easy to put off. What a hassle.  But still, those chemicals do need to be removed.

Here’s a tip: realize science lab chemical disposal isn’t as much of a hassle as it seems, once you understand what’s involved, and what to look for in a trustworthy waste disposal company.

What’s the Hassle-Free Way to Dispose of Expired Lab Chemicals?

First, start with an up-to-date inventory of all chemicals on site – either do your own chemical inventory or have your waste disposal company do it for you. The waste disposal company then takes that inventory and plans everything for the day they come: what they’ll do, what containers they need, etc.

Then your waste disposal company comes to you, fully prepared. They set up their work area, and work slowly and methodically, using certified chemists and experienced crews to get the job done, right.

The disposal company then gets everything properly packaged with all the proper DOT shipping labels, prepares a (clearly legible) hazardous waste manifest for you, and then transports the material for disposal.

But there’s one more thing.

A good waste disposal company does all your (federal,) state and local reporting for you as well. After all, the disposal company already has good relationships with the people at the state and local level to begin with. So having the disposal company submit your reporting for you just makes sense.

What if I Have A Hazardous or Dangerous Chemical? How is That Disposed Of?

Mercury, whether from old blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, or barometers, are recycled.

Radioactive materials? So long as it’s under a pound it’s easy to dispose of properly.

Gaseous waste? Whether it’s harmless like Nitrogen, or dangerous like Anhydrous Ammonia or Cyanide, this waste can all be safely transported and disposed of as well.

All you need is the right disposal company to transport and dispose of the full range of chemicals you have.

What Does a Good Waste Disposal Company Look Like?

For institutions looking for a good waste disposal company, look for a company that has:

  • Years of experience
  • All workers trained to have 40-hr OSHA HAZWOPER Training
  • Demonstrated experience with hazardous materials
  • Proper permits to transport materials
  • Proper shipping containers for materials
  • Proper insurance, including pollution liability insurance
  • Drivers with a good track record who can ship waste without incident
  • Creates neat, accurate, legible shipping documents

But don’t stop at just this list.

Service should begin with the very first phone call. You should be called back within 24 hours.  Pay attention to the quality of the follow-up your waste disposal company provides. Look for a company that’s always helping you and educating you. Don’t settle for good service. Settle for remarkable service and trusted performance.


Now, schedule the easy and safe process of getting rid of used or expired lab chemicals.